Nostril-borne lightup draft-sensor jacklanterns your schnozz when you breathe

Noda Akira married a draft-sensor to a blue LED and miniaturized the package so that it would fit in his nostril. The result is a nasal prosthesis that lights up his nostril with eerie blue light every time he breathes through his nose.

Draft-Sensing Noselight Glows When You Breathe


  1. A colleague has a party trick of inserting a mini-maglite into one nostril, turning it on, and then singing “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” with … a glowing red nose…

    1. They just explain what you see in the video, i.e. what that thing is and does, followed by a description of the individual components.
      Mundane stuff really, not worth translating.

    2. Yes, they say:

      Φ0.9mmの真鍮線で作成し、エポキシ接着剤で固めています (10x10x8mm)
      心拍を可視化するHeartCap mini
      2007年製 25x25x7mm
      割と せわしないです

  2. Reminds me of the human spotlight: a sideshow act performed by myself and a few others where a small bulb on a wire is inserted into the nose, down the back of the throat, and into the mouth.  A crystal ball is held in the mouth focusing the light into a beam.  You don’t see it very often because it is very lighting dependent (has to be very dark) and it doesn’t get that great a response from most audiences.   During the insertion you would normally pause to light up the nose, then the eye socket.  With a strong enough bulb and dark enough room you could also push it down the back of the throat to light up the adams apple region.  One south american performer would run it all the way down to the stomach and get a faint glow in his belly but it required pitch blackness, a powerful bulb, and again tended to get lackluster responses compared to other acts.

  3. Seems to me theres a very clear use. You could easily attach such a device to be used in respirators and other breath assisting devices. Even better? Need to know if someone is breathing right as a first respondier? Stick one of these up their nose. Easy to monitor breathing depth and regularity. 

    1. >Need to know if someone is breathing right as a first respondier? Stick one of these up their nose.

      A cheap harmonica can be utilised to provide similar audible feedback.

        1. Absolutely, if you didn’t mind going without the jaunty-yet-soulful soundtrack and funky lightshow that several harmonica & nasal jack o’lantern equipped patients would provide.

    2. I’m a nursing student and find measuring respiration rates difficult. A device like this coule be useful.

      1. I’m a nursing student and find measuring respiration rates difficult. A device like this coule be useful.

        Do what they do at Kaiser. Just put down 20. Every time that I have an appointment, they just put down 20 even though my RR is never more than 12 and usually six to eight. I guess that I just look like a “20”.

    1. The nation that invented the “kancho” and unleashed it among children is not “reserved”. They’re just “the quiet one that nobody ever expected”.

  4. This would be such a great thing to play with on the subway or some other form of public transportation. Too bad it’s too close to Christmas to ship.

  5. “suteki na hanaiki raifu” — This kind of thing is why I love Japanese so much. Very hard to translate.

    BTW hotaru is a firefly… I once went to a “firefly viewing” in the grounds of a temple where the people outnumbered the fireflies probably 3000 to one.

  6. I confess to reading the headline about four times trying to get my head around what the medical application was.

  7. Why am I reminded of the line from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: “Do people want fire that can be fitted nasally?”

  8. Why blue?  I’d want red, and I’d want it to light up when I exhale.  Consider the possibilities with a cigarette.

  9. If that gadget doesn’t become the absolute textbook definition of “Desperate Last-Minute Christmas Gift”, then I don’t know what will.

  10. Question. How does one make such a device non-toxic? If he used lead solder he could be snorting lead oxide with every breath. 

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